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  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: Thanksgiving traditions waning?

    Be it recipes or retail shopping, the routines of Thanksgiving were once sacred. Families religiously did the same thing year after year without question. 

    In 2017, Thanksgiving is still a time for family, but the date, time and place are negotiable. 

  • PUBLISHER'S COLUMN: We are your ‘Main Street media’

    I am beyond honored to join this group of individuals who have led the National Newspaper Association to where we are today. Over 2,000 members strong, representing communities from the East Coast to the West Coast.

    I’m a proud small-town community newspaper publisher from South Carolina who has been mentored by many great people over the 32 years I have worked in this industry – some of them in this room. One of my mentors, David Ernest, recently passed away. I had the privilege of working with him for 10 years.

  • EDITOR'S COLUMN: District 5 residents, please vote

    On Nov. 7 voters in District 5 of Pageland will go to the polls to decide between incumbent Elaine Robertson and challenger Charles Knight.
    With 223 registered voters in the district, every vote is the potential tiebreaker.
    Yes one, or just a few, votes can make the difference in this race.
    Anyone who has reported on politics has their favorite close-election stories.

  • Vaping declining among American teens

    By Sharon Sweatt

    For the Progressive Journal 

    Vaping is declining among American teens, according to HealthDay News. 

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began tracking e-cigarette use by teens in 2011. When “vaping” began, overall tobacco use declined among high school and middle school students. 

  • Commentary: Old school resource popular option in fake news debate

    When it comes to fake news, we need a new word, says Ernest Wiggins, journalism professor at the University of South Carolina.

    News is something that is observed, researched and verified, he said. 

    Fake news seldom has these qualities. Fake news can be entertaining. It can be sarcastic. It can inflame. Seldom does it inform.  

    The term has used so much that it lacks definition. The phrase is defined by either the author, or the reader, -- and often they don’t agree. 

  • Let’s make America kind again

    I’m a crier of happy moments. If I witness an act of kindness, I sometimes boo-hoo like a baby.

    Recently, I’ve seen a few Facebook posts from people who have been the recipients of random acts of kindness.

    The posts are generally after a major incident or news event occurs that tends to polarize the country. For example, after the shooting of an unarmed black man, one of my friends posted that a white woman, out of the blue, paid for her gas.

    It made my friend feel like her life mattered that day.

  • Chief Brown: The end of an era marked by grace



  • When silence is not always golden

    For four months now, the town of Pageland has been left in the dark as to why its police chief is on paid administrative leave.

    For four months, concerned citizens have poured into Council Chambers seeking answers. They have appointed representatives to speak on behalf of the majority.

  • Editorial - And we're left to wonder why

    I’m really glad my last couple of columns here have been on happy subjects, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Because the news is not always good and this, my firends, is one of those times.
    A crazed gunman goes into a Conneticut elementary school and murders 26 young children, this after killing his own mother at home, a woman who was a teacher at that school.

  • Editorial - Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas! I mean it. Merry Christmas! It seems more and more these days that phrase is being shunned in favor of the more “politically correct” phrase, Happy Holidays. Happy Holidays is a great phrase, too, as it covers all the holidays that coincide with this time of the year, and I have nothing against saying Happy Holidays or having it said to me.